Song of the Day: “Can I Kick It?”

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As yesterday’s post illustrated, I have a taste for deft and creative hip hop samples (Marky Mark notwithstanding). A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?”, doesn’t convey the deepest lyrical philosophy, but they direct you right to the point: “Follow us for the funky behavior / Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya’.” The Lou Reed sample utilized throughout “Wildside” is used again here, but it takes a back seat to a simple, propulsive backbeat that is sampled from Lonnie Smith’s version of “Spinning Wheel.” Fast forward to 4:55 to hear the drum break that was sampled for Tribe’s track.

A rhythm recipe that you’ll savor, doesn’t matter if you’re minor or major.